Silver gelatin print, 12” x 17 ½”
“These gelatin silver prints are from my series “Reality” and look at humans in various locations and situations. Visually, the human aspect of these images brings into question whether they are real – or not. Some are transparent, another is a blur. Often the reality is a person’s being filled with nothing thus making that individual transparent or a blur.”
Robert A. Schaefer, Jr. began learning about photography while he was studying Architecture at Auburn University in Alabama, his home state, and continued to do so at the Technische Universität of Munich, Germany. In photography he became a visual explorer in love with layering with his work focusing on a prominent interplay between spatial planes and a central image.
After many exhibitions in Germany, Austria and France with gallery representation by Ufficio del Art in Paris, Schaefer moved to New York City in 1981. Since then he had a 25-Year Retrospective at the Huntsville Museum of Art (Huntsville, AL) in 2000. The Goethe Institute in Delhi, India hosted a one-person exhibition of his Cyanotypes in 2010, and he attended an artist residency in Barcelona, Spain in 2013. Schaefer moved to New Orleans in 2015 and has taught several cyanotype workshops including a week-long one at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in 2019. He was a guest teacher there and participated in a group exhibition of guest teachers at the Kirschman Arts Center in NOCCA. He still instructs Cyanotype and Van Dyke workshops on specific weekends during the year at Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Additional information can be found at http://www.schaeferphoto.com